For the past several years, PBA Nursing has included the Blessing of the Hands in its Commitment (White Coat) Ceremony for undergraduate nursing students. This particular version of the blessing was written by PBA faculty member Kathy Kino.
A Blessing of the Hands Prayer
- BLESSED be the works of your hands that will provide comfort to those in need.
- BLESSED be your hands that will provide hope and strength to patients who are suffering.
- BLESSED be your hands that give peace to those in fear and pain.
- BLESSED be your hands that nurture and care for the lonely.
- BLESSED be your hands that embrace others with passion.
- BLESSED be your hands that will plant new seeds and touch new life.
- BLESSED be your hands that will wipe away tears.
- BLESSED be your hands that have reached out and been received.
- BLESSED be your hands that embrace death and comfort those who mourn.
- BLESSED be your hands that carry out tasks as part of caring for each other, your family, and the community.
- BLESSED be the hands that hold the promise of your future.
- BLESSED be the works of your hands through Jesus Christ our LORD who will BLESS you and equip you to fulfill His purpose for your life.
When Kathy worked as a Chaplain at Good Samaritan Medical Center she regularly performed the Blessing of the Hands during Nurses Week. She would walk around to different departments in the hospital (ER, ICU, Oncology, Med-Surgical floor, OR) and while the nurses and healthcare workers were caring for their patients she would offer the Blessing of the Hands. She had the nurses cup their hands together and would anoint their hands with oil while praying the Blessing of the Hands prayer.
Often they would ask her to pray for more specific needs they had regarding work, family, finances, and struggles. It was not only a way to bless them and pray for them but to also acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the nursing profession. It made them feel like someone cared and appreciated them. It gave them strength to continue the difficult tasks in nursing.
She now performs the Blessing of Hands for the nursing students at PBAU during their Commitment Ceremony, which is a sacred time of praying for the new students as they formally begin their nursing career during the fall semester each year. Most recently she performed the Blessing of Hands at Delray Medical Center in the chapel. Nurses, techs, security guards, administrators were lined up out the door to receive prayer and this intimate Blessing. God has used the Blessing of the Hands as a way to encourage those who work in the healthcare industry, to remind them that the work they do is important, and remind them how much God cares for and loves them.
Below are pictures of The Blessing of the Hands for the Class of 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2017